Kenmore, WA Fire Marshal Jeff LaFlam talks about adopting a residential fire sprinkler ordinance

Blog Post created by ryan.quinn Employee on Oct 31, 2012
Jeff LaFlam
Jeff LaFlam speaks at NFPA's Home Fire Sprinkler Summit in Chicago, April 2012
Jeff LaFlam, Fire Marshal for the Northshore (WA) Fire Department, spoke about adopting a residential fire sprinkler ordinance in his community at NFPA's Home Fire Sprinkler Summit in Chicago in April 2012. His experience is documented here and includes steps that are vital for success. He
also offers a summary of the residential sprinkler adoption process that was used in Kenmore, Washington.

Jeff says that the adoption of an ordinance requiring the installation of fire sprinkler systems in residential occupancies can be a long and difficult process. The first step in the process is to become extremely knowledgeable about these systems. This includes technical, historical, research and data. Developing a network of resources and experts in the field will pay substantial dividends throughout the education and adoption process.

According to Jeff these are essential steps:

  • Educate fire department personnel at all levels
  • Gain the support of the fire chief and board of commissioners (if applicable)
  • Educate the community
  • Work closely with water purveyors
  • Educate city officials

Read the Case study: Adopting a Residential Fire Sprinkler Ordinance in Kenmore, WA for more information